The Season of Sickness is Hitting Region 8 Hard

JONESBORO-It's that time again, and the season of illnesses is hitting hard in Region Eight.

"A lot of respiratory infections, colds, sinus infections, and things of that nature," said Dr. Lowery Beck of the Children's Clinic.

He says this year has been unlike any he's seen in the past.

"It's always a busy season this time of year for pediatricians, but I think this year the weather has been a little bit more unusual than ever with the temps going back and forth, and I think because of that we are seeing a lot of illness," said Dr. Beck.

And with illnesses comes trips to the pharmacy.

"We have two types of people. One type of person that wants to help prevent getting the problem that their coworkers are having or that their children are having. They don't want to catch the pink eye, they don't want to catch the nausea, they don't want to catch the bronchitis or cough and cold. Then you have those people who have already gotten these problems and are looking to treat the symptoms," said Ken Gibson of Gibson's Pharmacy.

He says when germs can be spread by the simple shake of a hand or by eating contaminated food, prevention is a key.

"They quicker you get to a pharmacy and get started on preventing those problems, the better off you are going to be. You may prevent having to go see a doctor," said Gibson.

And as the season of sickness continues there are ways you can protect yourself. Products like Airborne and simple hand sanitizer are among things recommended by pharmacists to help keep you and your family safe from the spread of germs.

And doctors say there are things you can do at home that will also keep your immune system up because sometimes even a trip to their office can't get you completely well.

"It's frustrating for us as physicians too, because a lot of these things are caused by viruses, and the antibiotics don't really knock out the viruses. They don't cure those," said Dr. Beck.

But with a few tips, hopefully you can bite the sick bug before it bites you.

"In general just good health habits, eating properly, getting exercise, getting a good night's sleep. Just general things help," said Dr. Beck.

Both doctors and pharmacists suggest you wash your hands frequently.

They also say Vitamin C and Echinacea are also great  natural products to keep your immune system at its peak.

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